History of the Latin language (p) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo De Paolis
Paolo De Paolis
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Sem 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide an approach to the history of Latin language in its evolution’s stages.
Lessons will provide a theoretical frame for the linguistic analysis of chosen samples of Latin texts and for their cultural, historical and literary classification.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Latin Language.
Expected learning outcomes: at the end of the course students will be able:
- to own advanced knowledges of Latin language (phonetics, morphology, syntax);
- to analyse Latin texts with reference to the historical development of the Latin language;
- to know the basic features of Latin language in archaic, classical and late period
- to know the most important aspects of vulgar nad late Latin, even with reference to the development towars Roman languages
- to enhance autonomous ability to understand, translate and explain the proposed Latin texys, with specific reference to their linguistic aspects;
- improve the communicative skills directed to identify the different linguistic, narrative and poetic codes related to Latin literary texts.
- develop autonomous ability to recognize the linguistic varieties and their use in specific literary genres.

Further didactic tools will be provided during the course through the e-learning platform


Teaching aims to examine the linguistic aspects of colloquial and 'vulgar' Latin, with some introductive lessons devoted to its features, even with the witness of epiraphic texts.
The mentioned linguistic features will be focused through Petronius'text, with specific reference to the elements of vulgar language which may be found in his work. The course will focus on the Cena Trimalchionis; in this section of his work Petronius provides an example of linguistic and communication modes of banquet's participants, persons with low language and cultural skills.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
V. Väänänen Introduzione al latino volgare (Edizione 4) Pàtron 2003 9788855509022
G. F. Gianotti La cena di Trimalchione. Dal Satyricon di Petronio (Edizione 1) Bonanno editore 2013 978-88-7796-861-6

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment, directed to verify:
- ability to distinguish the basic features of archaic, classic and late Latins, and of colloquial Latin
- knowledge of the most important fetaures of late and vulgar latin
- ability to understand, translate and interpret Petronius'text

Due to Coronavirus emergency, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, the summer exams session will be held with an online oral assessment.